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Night Witches is the World War II nickname for the female military aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, known later as the 46th “Taman” Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment.

Night Witches is the World War II nickname for the female military aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, known later as the 46th “Taman” Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment.

"The Night Witches were Russian lady bombers who bombed German lines in WW2. Their ancient planes used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props. The planes were also so noisy that to stop Germans from hearing them coming, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, and restart their engines in midair. Their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured."

Most History Books Don't Mention These 13 Women - And How They Changed Everything

"The Night Witches were Russian lady bombers who bombed German lines in WW2. Their ancient planes used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props. The planes were also so noisy that to stop Germans from hearing them coming, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, and restart their engines in midair. Their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured."

Nachthexen, or Night Witches, is the name of 588th Night Bomber Regiment. This all-female Soviet regiment flew over 23,000 sorties in little wood and canvas biplanes.

Nachthexen, or Night Witches, is the name of 588th Night Bomber Regiment. This all-female Soviet regiment flew over 23,000 sorties in little wood and canvas biplanes.

night+witches | Adventures in Feministory: The Night Witches

Adventures in Feministory: The Night Witches

Members of the all Female Soviet Air Force unit  588th Night Bomber Regiment, whom German soldiers nicknamed “The Night Witches” (Polikarpov Po-2)

Members of the all Female Soviet Air Force unit 588th Night Bomber Regiment, whom German soldiers nicknamed “The Night Witches” (Polikarpov Po-2)

Night Witches from the 46th Taman Guards Night Bomber Avation Regiment preparing for an upcoming raid during World War II, 1944. From Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images.

The Little-Known Story of the Night Witches, an All-Female Force in WWII

Night Witches from the 46th Taman Guards Night Bomber Avation Regiment preparing for an upcoming raid during World War II, 1944. From Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images.

A Soviet women-only bomber regiment was so dangerous, German soldiers called them the 'Night Witches' - OMG Facts

A Soviet women-only bomber regiment was so dangerous, German soldiers called them the 'Night Witches' - OMG Facts

Army SPC Ryan P. Long, 21, of Seaford, Delaware. Died April 3, 2003, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died of injuries sustained when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device at his checkpoint near Haditha Dam, Anbar Province, Iraq.

Army SPC Ryan P. Long, 21, of Seaford, Delaware. Died April 3, 2003, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died of injuries sustained when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device at his checkpoint near Haditha Dam, Anbar Province, Iraq.

"Night Witches." Members of the 125th Guards Bomber Regiment, one of three all-female Soviet combat squadrons, in 1943 (AFP/Getty Images).

"Night Witches." Members of the 125th Guards Bomber Regiment, one of three all-female Soviet combat squadrons, in 1943 (AFP/Getty Images).

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